Say what? Monuments opening on January 1st, 2022 exist? Yes, some Parisian museums and monuments are open for the resolute tourists and Parisians that want to enjoy the day to go out! A great idea for people in Paris for a stay: there are usually less crowds in museums, so you can enjoy the works displayed even more!
It is settled, then, this Saturday January 1, 2022, let us leave one's bed or sofa behind and run discover the beautiful museums and monuments open. Keep reading !
Zoos open on January 1, 2022:
Paris Zoo: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Paris Zoo provides you with a tour across 5 biozones: Patagonia, Sahel-Sudan, Guiana, Madagascar and Europe. These 5 areas recreate the natural environment of the 1,000 residing animals.
Jardin d'Acclimatation: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Did you know the Jardin d'Acclimatation also features a zoo in addition to the theme park? Next to the 40 family-friendly rides live 500 animals including exotic birds, goats, rabbits, mouflons in 18 hectares of wilderness, waiting for you now.
Aquarium de Paris - Cinéaqua: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Come and rediscover the 43 pools of Paris aquarium switching to Christmas mode to make you enjoy unforgettable moments with your family or friends! Shows, mermaids, animal-feeding: this tour will be magical!
Sea Life: 10 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
The Sea Life aquarium is a wonderful venue featuring a big tropical bool for coral reefs and penguins!
Thoiry ZooSafari: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
In Thoiry, an unusual zoo gathers over 750 animals over 90 hectares. As a matter of fact, it is one of the only safari parks where can one can get very close to animals while staying in their cars! Right now, the Thoiry Zoo houses a Chinese light festival called Thoiry Lumières Sauvages featuring 600 giant light sculptures to discover from nightfall.
Monuments open on January 1, 2022:
Eiffel Tower: 9:30 a.m. - 10:45 p.m.
The Eiffel Tower is the most iconic landmark in Paris. It has been watching over the city and inhabitants since 1889 and amazes those coming to discover it. Climb up the 279.11 meters to discover one of the greatest views in Paris!
Basilica of the Sacred Heart: 6 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
The Basilica of the Sacred Heart is a must in Paris. Its dome impresses as it measures 83-m tall and provides a 360° view on the surroundings. The cupola - easily recognizable - measures 16-m wide and 55-m tall.
Domaine de Saint-Cloud: 7:30 a.m. - 7:50 p.m.
Summer home of kings in the 19th century, the castle caught fire in 1870 and is destroyed in 1892. But the gardens are here, venue of many magnificent parties thrown in Saint-Cloud with a rather incredible tilted hydraulic system. Water travels from pools to fountain to spring for up to 30 meters at the Grand Jet and end to the whirling Grande Cascade, the highlight of the show, to enjoy in July and Octobre only!
Château de Chamarande: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Go and discover the funny creatures of the Château de Chamarande from May 31 to December 30. Make the most of it to discover the current exhibitions.
Montparnasse Tower: 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Enjoy view of Paris up to 200 meters above the ground: one of the most iconic towers in town providing unobstructed views on the city.
La Défense Grande Arche rooftop: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Meet 110 meters above the ground in La Défense to enjoy wonderful views on Paris and the western suburbs. And for the Holidays 2021, La Défense invites you to visit its Christmas market.
Château de Breteuil: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Discover the story of the Château de Breteuil and its fantastic furniture thanks to guided tours provided all day long. In the afternoon, story-tellers will take you through the tales of Charles Perrault, Donkey Skin, Little Red Riding Hood, Puss in Boots...
Museums open on January 1, 2022:
Atelier des Lumières: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
The Atelier des Lumières was inaugurated in April 2018. Discover this digital art center set in a former foundry from the 19th century. Fully immersed in the screening of paintings by the greatest artists, you are left in awe. In a huge 2000-sqm room, walk around the greatest paintings (yes, paintings), while listening to a special playlist. The current exhibition of the Atelier des Lumières is focusing on Dali and Gaudi!
Musée Grévin: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
The Musée Grévin is the only place you can meet with the historic characters of Paris. From Henry IV to De Gaulle, to Joan of Arc to François Hollande, you can meet the Kings of France and the current political figures and take pictures with them.
Musée de Montmartre - Jardins Renoir: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
The Musée de Montmartre is the window to the "Old Montmartre" and shines a light on works related to the Parisian village and painters, from Auguste Renoir to Emile Bernard, without forgetting Raoul Dufy and Maurice Utrillo, in a house from the 17th century surrounded by gardens.
Arab World Institute: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
For 30 years, the Arab World Institue is a staple place to discover and understand the culture of countries from Maghreb and the Middle East.
Musée Maillol: 10:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
The Musée Maillol does not have permanent collections. At the moment, you can enjoy a display focusing on Steve McCurry. The photographer displays his most famous shots and works made in the entire world. To be seen!
Espace Dali: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Confidential museum in Paris, the Espace Dali has been welcoming for over 25 years the biggest private collection of works by Salvador Dali. Paintings, sculptures, engravins, surrealistic pieces of furniture giving life to the explorer's eclectic ideas, as he was fascinated by atomic sciences, the Antiquity and Renaissance, alchemy and religion.
Centre Pompidou: 11 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
The Musée Beaubourg is the contemporary and modern art center in Paris. Covering six stories, the museum features hundreds of works by the most famous contemporary artists from all over the world. From the top of the last floor, enjoy great views on the city.
Musée de l'Orangerie: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
This temple of impressionist art houses a few gems such as Claude Monet's famous Water Lilies given by painter Claude Monet to France, the day following the Armistice of November 11, 1918 as a symbol of peace.
Musée du Quai Branly-Jacques Chirac: 10:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.
The Musée du Quai Branly gathers the biggest extra-European collection: it features about 370,000 works from Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Oceania, Americas. At the moment, enjoy the Ultimate Combat, Asian martial arts exhibition.
Musée Jacquemart-André: 10 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
In this beautiful private mansion purchased by Edouard André for his wife Nélie Jacquemart, enjoy the beautiful collection of art fans, as well as their place of life, left as it was, with reception halls, music lounge and dinning room. At the moment, enjoy the Botticelli exhibition.
No need to go to these museums closed on January 1, 2022: the Louvre, the Musée Carnavalet, the Musée d'Orsay, the Cité des Sciences, the Musée de l'Homme, the BNF, the Petit Palais, the Musée d'Art Moderne, the Palais Galliera, the Musée de la Vie Romantique, the Musée Cognacq-Jay, and the Halle Saint-Pierre.
Happy new year to you all, friends!
Dates and Opening Time
On 1 January 2022